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books of the month

November 18, 2013

it’s hard to choose a favorite

books 116

Braiding Sweetgrass 

Robin Wall Kimmerer writes about the natural world with the passion of a native American

 the knowledge of a professor of Environmental Biology

and love for all living things

this book should be required reading for every student on planet Earth – their parents and grandparents

books 119(paper thread dyed with kakishibu and indigo blossoms)

her words are a song of praise for the natural gifts we have been given

— and are in the process of destroying

it is a wake up call!

books 115

the book I’ve been waiting for impatiently

A Song of Praise for Shifu by Susan J. Byrd

seen here with my own cut and spun paper thread

and woven shifu

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a two-part noren (Japanese door hanging) woven in a crackle weave pattern with a linen warp and shifu paper weft

on the right, fabric woven with a shifu weft cut from calligraphy practice paper

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the third book, I found battered and forlorn

Memories of Silk and Straw,  by Dr. Junichi Saga

  interviews he taped with some of his elderly patients

 fascinating stories of a rural Japan that no longer exists.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Judith bushby permalink
    November 18, 2013 2:41 pm

    I love the sound of Memories of Silk and Straw.


  2. November 18, 2013 2:49 pm

    These books look very enticing and so does your shifu. I especially like the practice paper with ink…like kasuri.


    • November 18, 2013 3:15 pm

      Kristin -the shifu thread with ink creates random markings, no pattern like kasuri
      Judi – the stories are short – 2 or 3 pages and very interesting. There is a later book “Memories of Wind and Waves”, haven’t read it.


  3. November 18, 2013 4:00 pm

    I’m just reading Robin Kimmerer’s book on moss right now. A truly lovely book. I shall seek out Braiding Sweetgrass!


    • November 18, 2013 4:11 pm

      Heather – I haven’t read Gathering Moss, will have to look for it. Braiding Sweetgrass is so timely. We have to stop destroying this planet and she speaks so eloquently.


  4. November 19, 2013 12:16 am

    The shifu book look really interesting. Where did you get it?


  5. November 19, 2013 2:36 am

    will look for saga’s book, sounds fascinating.


  6. November 19, 2013 9:04 am

    Yay! I have been waiting for Susan’s book as well! Now I can order it. Thank you!


    • November 19, 2013 10:21 am

      Renee’ – I pre-ordered it and it has only just come. haven’t had time to read much yet.


  7. November 19, 2013 3:44 pm

    jean, the third book sounds great, and as you know i love the others. susan’s song is lovely, and braiding sweetgrass is an important book, as you say. i can’t tell you how many times reading that book i was ovecome with tears and, well, passion, i suppose. i’m glad you have them in your hands now.


    • November 19, 2013 3:50 pm

      Velma – Braiding Sweetgrass is beautifully written, emotional and passionate. Haven’t had time to read much of Shifu.


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